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Statement of Faith
What in the world is a Nazarene?
Every church has its distinctive practices or beliefs that set it apart from other groups. Sometimes this is confusing to people. They say, "If the Bible is true and Jesus was who He claimed to be, why are there so many different beliefs?" We are optimistic enough to believe that with all the differences in beliefs and practices, most Christian congregations still agree on 90-95% of Christian teaching, and that the other 5-10% we do not agree on falls in this category of "distinctives."

While we get our name from Jesus of Nazareth, you might be asking what in the world is a modern-day Nazarene? Well…

  • We are not Baptist, but like the Baptists we believe in calling people to repentance and to witnessing to their new life in Christ through public baptism.
  • We are not Presbyterian, but like the Presbyterians we believe in the power of the preaching of the Word of God to bring about change in peoples lives.
  • We are not Lutheran, but like the Lutherans we believe in salvation through Jesus Christ on the authority of Scripture alone, in salvation by faith alone and in salvation as a gift of God's grace alone.
  • We are not Charismatic in practice, but like the Charismatics, we believe in the gifts of the Spirit, which enables us to serve God and others.
  • We are not Episcopalian, but like the Episcopalians we take worship seriously (we just choose to be a little less "formal" in our worship services).
  • We are not Pentecostal, but like the Pentecostals we believe in being filled with the Holy Spirit, who purifies our heart from sin and gives us power to live the Christian life.
  • And we are not United Methodist, although we have our roots in the Methodist tradition that grew out of John Wesley's revival movement in the 1700's. We have good fellowship with our United Methodist "cousins", but we are organizationally separate for historical reasons.
  • We are a warm and friendly group of people who desire, with God's help, to live holy lives that bring honor and glory to Him. In three words our theology is "JESUS IS LORD!" We look to the Bible as our primary source for direction in our worship and our lifestyles.
  • We are life-centered in our teaching and sensitive to the needs and concerns of others. · We give people opportunities to put their faith into action through various avenues of service.
  • We are honored to take our place among the many who are called Christians.
  • We aim to be a family for all who love Jesus. There is always room for you in the Nazarene Family of Faith.
Mission Statement
What is a Nazarene
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Marietta First Church of the Nazarene | 4341 Dallas Hwy. | Marietta, GA 30064 | 678-370-9292 | info@mariettanaz.com